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CASE STUDY: How Jones Davey has assisted with the appointment of key personnel at leading UK Law Firm, Freeths

By 12th November 2018 News

Freeths LLP is a leading Law Firm with 11 offices across the UK. With more than 150 partners and directors, and over 800 members of staff, the business had a fee income of £74.7m in March 2017.

Recommended in the Legal 500

The Firm has been celebrated in the Legal 500, the official guide for the legal sector across the UK. 93 of Freeths’ lawyers were ranked as ‘Recommended’, with 17 ‘Elite Leading Lawyers’. The company itself is ranked ‘Top Tier’ in 21 categories and ‘Recommended’ in 50 categories. The Firm also recently became a top 50 UK Law Firm in The Lawyer magazine’s recent Top 100 ranking. The London office of this national commercial practice also has hit a 50 milestone, too, now exceeding 50 after rapid expansion.

Freeths is an ambitious business and competes directly with some of the UK’s largest and longest established legal firms. Turnover and profitability have grown annually for several years. To continue to grow and increase market share, they recognise they have to offer a full range of legal services delivered to the very highest standard, by dedicated and talented staff.

Jones Davey’s role in appointing key personnel at Freeths

Jones Davey has been working with Freeths for over three years. During that time, we have placed 8 partners and a number of associates with the Firm. On each occasion, we have managed the process for individuals leaving roles in which they are well paid, highly regarded and generally happy, and sell the benefits of joining an exciting Firm with a different set of USP’s and challenges.

To do this, we need to appreciate what motivates candidates and display a knowledge and understanding of the legal industry, and of the client Firm’s culture, values and characteristics. As the saying goes, we ‘sell the sizzle, not the steak.’

Our executive legal search process at Jones Davey starts with us taking a detailed brief, which covers the Firm, the department, and the position Freeths is aiming to fill. This is explained from the candidate’s point of view, focusing on what is in it for them.

Once the brief is agreed, our in-house researchers identify and target the best individuals with a tailored and confidential approach. We act as an extension of the Freeths brand, and so we conduct accordingly, with professionalism and integrity, at all times.

Jones Davey aims to provide a short list of qualified and interested parties within six weeks of instruction, taking the process through to a successful conclusion.

From an initial assignment from Freeths’ Birmingham office, our executive search consultants now operate across the network and have helped with the appointment of numerous key personnel. These include; the National Head of Pensions, Head of Renewable Energy, Property Partner, Senior Finance, Head of Employment (Oxford) and Head of Immigration (London).

Testimonial

Here’s what Freeths LLP’s Managing Partner (Birmingham), Richard Beverley, had to say about us:

“I have worked extensively with the Jones Davey team in recent years. They have been instrumental in our securing of a number of high calibre lateral hires. Llion has gained a good understanding of our requirements and worked sensitively and diligently to match us with appropriate candidates.”

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We have an enviable track record of making the right introduction every time. Since 2006, not one of our placed candidates has left their new role for a minimum of 2 years. We believe this is a testament to our research skills and market intelligence.

If you feel that you could benefit from a confidential conversation to discuss recruiting into your legal team or business, please get in touch with us for an initial consultation
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